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5 NEW Chocolate Decorations

    When playing with chocolate it goes through a magical bendable stage. It is during that time that you can do some pretty mind-bending things with it to make decorations. To get it in that state easily use the frozen surface technique shown in the video. To make these chocolate decorations you will ... »

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Chocolate Decorations For Cakes

 Here's how to make chocolate decorations for cakes. Some people just don't like fondant and if it is their special day then you need an alternative so you can make a cake that they will love. In this post we will go through four different styles of chocolate decorations that you can use around ... »

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Chocolate Decorations using Transfer Sheets

Chocolate transfer sheets allow you to add flair to your desserts. With plenty of patterns to choose from you are bound to find something that suits your style or event. The pattern is made out of coloured cocoa butter on an acetate sheet. When you apply the melted chocolate the cocoa butter melts and ... »

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Chocolate decorations for desserts

Chocolate is so versatile it makes a great decoration for most plated desserts.  Here are just a few examples of what you can do. Firstly make sure you are using tempered chocolate or your decorations will not set firm.   VIDEO PART 1     VIDEO PART 2   Chocolate Curls (pictured below on Banoffee Tart) Spread some chocolate onto overhead projector sheet, ... »

How To Make Chocolate Cigarettes and more decorations

How To Make Chocolate Cigarettes and more decorations

Chocolate cigarettes or cigarellos has been getting lots of requests recently. But when I looked online, I found videos showing pastry chefs making them with ease ... which made me wonder why people wanted me to do it? And then I tried them!!! After 5 very frustrating failed attempts, I finally learnt the SECRET ... »

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Chocolate Feather Decorations

Do you want something unique on your cake or dessert? Give these chocolate feathers a try. If you made the chocolate flower already then you will not find these too hard to do. As always with chocolate decorations you chocolate must be in temper or if that sounds too hard then use 'fake' chocolate. See ... »

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Chocolate Pistachio Dome Dessert

For most of us catering for a dinner party of twenty guests is quite enough stress. But the chefs on a cruise ship makeing thousands of every menu item in just a normal day. I'm going inside the ships galley on the Crown Princess cruise ship to take a sneak peek at ... »

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Chocolate Swirls and Splashes

  It's time to have some fun with chocolate swirls and splashes. Capturing the fluid motion of liquids in solid form always looks fascinating. It's like freezing a moment in time.   Cake Pop Swirls You can make cake pops from scratch using this recipe or this one or use cake scraps as below 2 cups cake ... »

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Chocolate Secrets Revealed

Everyday on How To Cook That there are hundreds of comments, requests and questions. Lately there has been a groundswell of questions all about chocolate. What chocolate should I use? How do I temper it? Can I temper in a double boiler? What is tempered chocolate? This video reveals the answer to all of ... »

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Chocolate Birds Nest

Bird nests are so clever, it makes you wonder how our feathered friends actually get started. Patiently collecting and arranging twigs, leaves and other material to build a warm, secure home.  It reminds me of mums everywhere working hard to make family traditions and building a warm and loving home for their little ones. ... »

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Chocolate Sphere Tutorial Chocolate Ball

Chocolate Sphere Finally it's here... the chocolate sphere tutorial from the top of the instagram cake.  Now some of you thought I'd filmed it at the same time as making the instagram cake, and that would have been smart, but I actually didn't, hence the delay. My two year old just dropped his day-time nap.  Re-read ... »

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Chocolate Butterfly | How to Make Dainty Chocolate Butterflies

Chocolate butterflies sound kind of dreamy and magical. Paper thin chocolate wings fluttering by, landing on your cupcake to adorn it to perfection.  Or hiding in the garden to surprise and delight party guests. Butterflies are dainty, so the chocolate equivalent needs to be delicate, elegant and delicious. To achieve this you can use tempered ... »

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Instagram Cake made from chocolate mousse with chocolate glaze

Instagram Cake For friendly, filtered fun you can't go past Instagram. Twelve million people use it daily with Instagram photos receiving 8,500 'likes' per second!   But amongst all the happy snaps, I do wonder if we are becoming a generation of socially dissatisfied tourists inspecting the highlight reel of other people's lives.  One young mum ... »



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How to Make a Chocolate Flower

    Chocolate Flowers are a beautiful addition to any cake and even though they look complicated they are reasonably easy to make. Watch the chocolate flower video below for a step by step tutorial. How to temper chocolate and what chocolate to use for chocolate decorations 4.5352 »

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Chocolate Cake Recipe

 This is a beautiful moist and delicious chocolate cake with the crunch of toasted pistachios and almonds on the side topped off with rich ganache and chocolate flowers. Perfect for Christmas or any other special gathering. Chocolate Cake Ingredients: Makes two 8inch (20.32 centimetres) round cakes or 24 cupcakes 200g (7.05 ounces) of 70% cocoa dark chocolate 315g (11.11 ounces) or 1 1/3 cups... »

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How to Make a Chocolate Box

    Chocolate boxes can be used as gifts filled with strawberries or sweet treets like chocolate truffles or fudge.    Chocolate Box Instructions Step 1. Cut out the sides and lid of your box out of plastic. The plastic needs tube thin but firm enough that it can be lifted with chocoalte on it and still hold its shape. ... »

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Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

This chocolate cheesecake is the first recipe that I ever wrote out, complete with spelling mistakes like 'wisk the egg whites' and 'chill untill set'.  I had been to a neighbours house for dinner when I was about 7 years old and fell in love with the delicious rich chocolatey taste.  I sat at ... »

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Chocolate Cream or Chocolate Cremeux Recipe

Chocolate cremeux or chocolate cream is a versatile element that you can use in a range of desserts. It is not as sweet as ganache but is richer than a mousse. In the words of one of my friends, "this is the best dessert I have ever tasted". Chocolate Cremeux Recipe Ingredients 200g (7.05 ounces) Milk Chocolate 270g (9.52 ounces) Dark ... »

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Best Chocolate Cream Cake Recipe

Best Chocolate Cream Cake   YUMMM! Crispy chocolate base topped with a hazelnut dacquoise, chocolate cremeux, chocolate rectangles and whipped milk chocolate. Every now and then you find a dessert that is just perfect.  It looks amazing, tastes divine, has a variety of textures and of course the shopping list has to include chocolate!  Lots of chocolate! ... »

How to Make Chocolate Bowls

How to Make Chocolate Bowls

In this post I will show you how to make seven chocolate bowls using 3 different techniques - balloons, ice and lined containers. You will need to use chocolate melts or tempered chocolate to make these, if you are not sure how to temper chocolate it is explained here.  If you use melts that contain ... »

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How to temper chocolate in the microwave

Why Temper Chocolate Have you ever melted chocolate to make decorations only to find once it sets it is soft, dull and bends over when it is not in the fridge?  That is because it is not tempered. Chocolate manufacturers use equipment to precisely control the temperature of the chocolate during processing to cause the fat molecules ... »

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Chocolate Pavlova easy dessert recipe

To quote a friend... "I HAVE to get the recipe off you for that pavlova...I think I am having withdrawls this week and can still taste how divine it was!"  If you've never had it, then imagine chocolate mousse encased in a crisp meringue shell, topped with cream, chocolate and strawberries. Yummm! And the ... »

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Entremet Recipe – creme brulee, chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie

The perfect dessert for someone who likes a little bit of everything. "This is the yummiest thing I have ever tasted in my life", was a comment from one of our beautiful dinner guests. Entremets are amazing to eat but can seem complex to make because of the sheer number of elements involved.  Here is ... »

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How to Make Sugar Decorations for Desserts – Spun Sugar Recipe

  Add some crunchy texture and some wow factor to your next dessert with these easy and highly versatile sugar decorations.  This recipe is not suitable for children due to the high temperatures of the sugar syrup - but they will love eating it when it's ready. Ingredients: Approx 1 cup or 213g (7.51 ounces) sugar 1 tablespoon glucose syrup ... »

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